The City of Cle Elum’s Planning Department’s objective is to preserve and enhance the community’s character by using current and long-range planning techniques.
The Planning Department is the keeper of geographical data such as Geographic Information System (GIS) data and maps, including the City’ Official Zoning and Land Use Maps. Planning is also the administrative authority over design review, grading and excavation permits, sign permits, environmental permitting such as critical areas, shorelines, and floodplains, State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), and many other aspects of development and long range planning.
- The Planning Commission is a quasi-judicial body that reviews and approves land use decisions, and permits such as conditional use permits, and is tasked with developing and implementing the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The Planning Commission also reviews and makes recommendations to City Council on actions such as rezones, subdivisions, and development agreements.
- The Historic Preservation Commission is a quasi-judicial body that reviews and decides on historical register properties, and historic related development, particularly within the downtown core area.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Where can I obtain general information about zoning, long range planning, sign code, and other planning questions?
Q: Where can I obtain a current Zoning and/or Land Use Map?
A: Hard copy maps are available at City Hall during business hours. A lists of electronic maps are below:
- Follow the Zoning Guidance document for instructions to an interactive zoning map
- Official Zoning Map
- Future Land Use Map
Q: How do I amend the Comprehensive Plan?
A: Using the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Form.
Q: What can I do/build on my parcel?